Saturday, November 15, 2008

Happily Ever After

Benjamin and Hannah were both playing with their pretend cell phones this afternoon, and for some reason both decided they were watching TV shows or movies on the screen of their pretend cell phones. I don't know if this stems from Benjamin getting to watch a show or two on my iPod on occasion or what. But anyway, I was going to help Hannah get her socks and shoes on while she was watching her "show," and as I bent down beside her, she looked up from her screen and said matter-of-factly, "Sleeping Beauty is dead."

To which I said, "Why don't you pretend to watch a show that is nicer and doesn't talk about dead people?"

Her very quick reply was to roll her eyes and with a bit of disgust in her voice say, "Prince Charming kissed Sleeping Beauty and they lived happily ever after." As if implying that this is what ALWAYS happens and why couldn't the story be a little bit different every once in a while.

All I could do was laugh.

And sigh that she already rolls her eyes that quickly and easily.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Day Life Changed

The day was November 10, 1998. It was a Wednesday. A mundane trip to a business meeting turned out to be the day my life was changed.

My business meeting was in a town about two and a half hours from where I worked. Fortunately for me, the road there took me through the town where the love of my life lived. That meant we would get to have a mid-week visit that might shorten the time from one weekend to the next, since the weekends were the main times we got to see each other.

I made a stop on the way to my meeting for us to visit. Maybe we had quick dinner plans before I was to go on to my meeting? I'm really not sure. Sounds logical anyway.

He was still at his office, so I drove to the church to see him. Having driven almost two hours to get there, my first thing to be taken care of after a quick hello was a visit to the little girls' room. When I returned to his office, he was no longer there. I thought maybe he had to go do something. So I sat down and waited.

Several minutes passed, and he still did not return. So I got up to investigate. After hearing a sound in the sanctuary, I headed there first. I found him sitting in one of the front few pews. As I started walking towards him, I could see out of the corner of my eye that the candles on the altar were lit--my first clue that something out of the ordinary was going on. The bigger-than-usual smile on his face was another clue. The next thing I know, I'm being escorted to the altar, where I am sereneded with an original song written by none other than the love of my life that began:

"I'll tell you what
I'm going to do
It's tie the knot
Yes, marry you..."

I can still hear him singing it to this day, nine years later.

Nine years ago today was the day my life was changed. God had sent Prince Charming into my life--and life would never be the same.

Mark--thank you for changing my life. I would say yes a thousand more times.